Ongoing Children's Programs


Learn more about "Reading to the Dogs" & "Reading to the Cat and Dogs" - Read the article below the monthly children's department news to learn more about these programs.  Check the monthly news to learn the date and location of the reading sessions. There are no programs in May or August.  Registration is always required by the day before the reading session.  You may register by phone or in person.

Lapsit for babies & toddlers who are too young to sit quietly for the regular story time and their parents or other caregivers.  Mondays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am in the Children's Program Room. Lead by Volunteer Amanda Barche Lindberg from Ivy Tech. This is a good opportunity for families to make new friends and have fun at the library.

Story time is held each Tuesday at 10:30 am, Thursday at 4:00 pm, and Friday at 10:30 am in the Children's Program Room. Come and listen to Miss Linda read stories and help children create a craft. Parents and caregivers are expected to attend with their children. Programs are designed for 2 to 5 year olds, but older children are welcome to attend. 

Many other special programs are held throughout the year.

Children's Department News - November 2015

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Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
Story times are for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers.

November 3, 5 & 6: New books, including Black Cat, White Cat and Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues.
November 10, 12 &13: New books: Lizard from the Park & Thank You & Good Night.
November 17, 19 & 20: New Thanksgiving books, including "Thankful."
November 24: Megan Owlet and other family & Thanksgiving stories.

***There will be no story times on Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving) or Friday, November 27th.***

Lap Sit every Monday at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. in the Children's Activity Room. This program is for babies, toddlers and their families or caregivers. Make new friends while listening to simple stories and learning finger plays and songs.

Thanksgiving Pooh and Piglet

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
Wednesday, November 25: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, November 26, Closed
Friday, November 27: Noon to 6 p.m.

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November Events


Fall, Harvest, Woodland Animals, & Thanksgiving Crafts
For children and their families
Saturday, November 7: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms
Our Thanksgiving and harvest crafts day is for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers. (An adult must stay with children who are younger than 9.) There will be a large selection of crafts to make to decorate your homes for Thanksgiving & fall. No registration or fee.

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Contest for Children
Win a family pack of 4 tickets for
"Peter Rabbit Tales"
Presented by Purdue Convos
Sunday, November 22: 3:00 p.m.
Loeb Playhouse
For All Ages

Enter by November 17th
Drawing will be @ 6 p.m.
Limit of 1 entry per child
Contest forms are in the children's area
Of the library, 1st floor

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Lego Club
Saturday, November 14: Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Walnut & Elm Rooms
Children in preschool through grade 6 will have the opportunity to build with the library's collection of Lego blocks. Children who are younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult. No fee or registration. Come and build and make new friends! Structures will be placed on display in the library for one month.


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Reading to the Cat & Dogs
Saturday, November 21; Time: 2:00 to 3:00. Elm Room (2nd floor).
For children ages 4 & older. Presented by members of Caring Paws. Come and read to a certified therapy cat or dog. Readers should bring a book from home or select one when they arrive at the library. Registration required by Friday, November 20 at the children's desk or by phone.


Save the Date!
Winter Holiday Crafts
For children and their families
Saturday, December 5
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Walnut & Elm Rooms
Free; No registration


Reading to the Dogs & Cat

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Reading to the Cat and Dogs! and Reading to the Dogs!

     At the West Lafayette Public Library, we are very fortunate to have members of two different therapy animal organizations bring their registered therapy animals to the library about 9 or 10 times a year. Children reserve a 15 minute time period for reading to the therapy animals. They may check out books at the library to read or bring favorite books from home. The reading dates are announced on the children's web page, in the children's department newsletter, and on posters in the children's department. At the end of the reading session, families with children who are not yet reading are welcome to visit the animals and talk to their partners.  When people first hear about reading to therapy animals, their usual response is "Why would anyone want to read to a dog?" or "Do the dogs really listen?" The members of the Caring Paws organizations believe that dogs have a calming effect on most children and have helped children improve their read-a-loud skills.

     Therapy animals have been coming to the WLPL for 8 years.  The children's department is very happy to sponsor this popular program and appreciates greatly the people who volunteer time to bring their much-loved pets to the library.  The animals come about 9 times a year.  Please check the events section of the children's web site to learn when the next visit will be.

About Caring Paws

     Caring Paws is a non-profit, volunteer organization based in the Greater Lafayette area.  Caring Paws members visit nursing homes, retirement centers, schools, hospitals, and libraries seeking trained and registered therapy animals to interact with their patients, residents, and students.

     All Caring Paws volunteer teams have been evaluated by a major national animal therapy organization, Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society).  With a registered therapy animal, a facility can be assured of a visit from a pet and partner who will provide a safe and enjoyable experience.

     The teams that are insured by Pet Partners present the "Reading to the Cat and Dogs!" programs. Some of the animals who visit the library are the cat, Grizzley, and the dogs Breeze, Calvin, Neville, and Sydney.

     For more information, please contact the Caring Paws web site: or the Pet Partners site:

     All therapy animals are current on vaccinations and insured by the groups.


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Therapy Dogs International (TDI)

     Therapy Dogs International (TDI) was formed in 1976 in New Jersey so that dogs could be certified, insured and registered as volunteer Therapy Dogs. All registered dogs have been tested for therapy dog work by certified TDI evaluators and are current on vaccinations. While many dogs provide companionship in the home, not all dogs are qualified or have the temperament suited to be a therapy dog.

      TDI Chapter 267 is a Greater Lafayette Chapter of Therapy Dogs International. Our local volunteer teams visit schools, mental health facilities, nursing homes, camps for children and are wonderful tail waggin' tutors at library reading programs. For more information about our organization, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

      At the WLPL, our program is publicized as "Reading to the Dogs."  Some of the dogs who visit the library are Daisy, Champ, Frankie, Java, Jill, & Sugar.  TDI members also present a program on dog safety about once a year, as a service to our community.



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